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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:02 PM

I have a Windows 10 machine made by HP that was damaged and is no longer functioning. A friend gave me an Acer laptop that is no longer working. The HP laptop does have a good hard drive. Is it possible for me to transfer the good hard drive that is in the HP laptop over to the Acer laptop. Does upper memory maintain the identity of the Windows 10 operating system. I am sure I would have to search in Acer for some of the device drivers. I just dont want to purchase another Windows 10 operating system.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 09:43 PM

If the Acer had Windows 10 you would need to reinstall the OS on the HP hard drive if all the Acer needed was a hard drive. If the Acer did not come with Windows 10, and instead came pre-installed with Windows 8 you could install Windows 8.1 on the HP hard drive because the Acer would have the key in firmware. You could then upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8 using the Windows 10 assistive technologies loophole could until Dec31. 

 

If the Acer came with Windows 7 and you have a legible key on the bottom or side of the computer you can download an iso of Windows 7, home or pro depending on the sticker, and activate using phone activation. After activation you could upgrade to Windows 10 using the same assistive technologies iso.



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Posted 07 November 2017 - 04:02 PM

If you don't qualify for assistive technologies you shouldn't be doing this.

 

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Posted 07 November 2017 - 04:46 PM

I believe Microsoft still allows upgrades from within a Windows 7 and up OS. Run the Media Creation Tool and instead of creating a bootable DVD or USB select Upgrade this PC Now. But if that fails then put linux on it.  :)

 

http://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how-you-can-still-get-a-free-windows-10-upgrade/

 

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Edited by JohnC_21, 07 November 2017 - 04:52 PM.





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